If you haven’t yet seen the exhibit of portraits, collages - and critters for kids - by Natasha Rabin at the Nyack Library stop by and check out this unusual exhibit, entitled Cross-References, which continues through the end of December. The show derives its name from the fact that all works in the exhibition are cross-referenced with books, films, and recordings in the library’s collection. Ms. Rabin collaborated with the Library’s departments to prepare a list of titles that viewers can take with them, enabling them to check out resources related to subjects included in her show.
For example, Ms. Rabin’s portrait of Alice Liddell has, in the past, generated questions regarding the young girl depicted by her, which now are readily answered via the library’s books about Lewis Carroll’s muse for Alice in Wonderland. Likewise, those inspired to know more after viewing the artist’s portrait of Toni Morrison will be delighted to learn the diversity of works that are available at the Library by and about this local Nobel Prize Laureate. In addition to her novels, essays, Nobel Prize Lecture, children’s books and a libretto for an opera about the slave Margaret Garner, who inspired her to write Beloved, there are critical essays and videos about Ms. Morrison as well.
Also included in the exhibit are portraits of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Julia Child, Billie Holiday, J.K. Rowling, Emily Dickinson and 12th Century Benedictine Nun Hildegard von Bingen.
In addition, there is a collection of collages inspired by international music forms and a series of “critters” celebrating the children’s library room.
Both original works and fine art prints in the show are for sale, as well as posters of the “critter” paintings. To encourage the gift of art to children for the holidays, posters will be half-price for the duration of the show. The artist is also providing a seasonal discount on other works purchased during the month of December.
To check Library hours of operation and other events go to: www.nyacklibrary.org.
For more information about the artist go to: www.natasharabin.com.